Oh, hooray, scientists are erasing the memories of mice. And already, there's talk of erasing people's criminal pasts. Yeah, sure, that'll work to change behavior -- and it's as moral and humane as a lobotomy.
Imagine this applied on a large scale in service of any political philosophy -- in service of anything. "Erase 'em and start over!"
Memory erasure is a particular horror of mine. Most of my childhood is lost to me. Maybe it's for the best; what I can recall is bad enough. Graceless, severely nearsighted, clumsy and socially inept, I was a misfit's misfit, and hated it. I'm less clumsy now.
H/T to Scott at The Unwanted Blog.
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